Beauty

The Textured Bob

The textured bob is a hairstyle that has gained popularity over the last year and is hotter than ever. Short hair is appealing because the messier and more textured the style, the better it looks, making it easy to maintain style wise. To keep the short length and shape, you may have to visit your hairstylist more often for trims, but the time you will save on blowdrying and styling will be worth the more frequent salon visits. 

I love long, voluminous, beachy hair, which I normally have and rarely stray from it. However, I had a cut scheduled with Celebrity hairstylist and friend, Gregory Russell, so I asked him for a consult for something new. I was ready for a change and had been interested in going short, but didn’t know if I could pull it off. He studied my face shape and hair texture and decided we should go for it and I could in fact pull off a shorter do. So he cut 6-7 inches off and I didn’t even flinch! I trust him completely with my hair and knew he could give me an amazing new hairstyle. 

When the cut was complete, I felt fresh, hip, and in style. I loved it! Gregory has an immpeccable talent for delivering a pristine cut, but styling your hair in a way that is so effortlessly chic. He sprayed Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray into my roots before rough drying my hair, and then took a round brush and continued to blowdry the hair on the crown of my head for added volume. He then took a flat iron and created ‘S’ shapes with the tool throughout my hair to give it a casual bend. He then had me toss my head back and sprayed my hair with Oribe Dry Texturing Spray to give it that toussled texture, and finished it with L’Oreal Elnett hairpray. 

Gregory’s clients include Chloe Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Alexa Chung, and Karlie Koss, among others. I feel extremely lucky to have had him tranform my tresses into this fun new style. I have included a few of my favorite looks of textured bobs below. 

You can book a haircut with Gregory Russell at The Andy Lecompte Salon 310-273-4100

Oscar Blandi Volumizing Spray retails for $19 and can be purchased at http://www.beauty.com

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray retails for $42 and can be purchased at http://www.oribe.com

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray retails for $11.99 and can be purchased at http://www.target.com

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All Things Foodie

Alkaline Water

Alkaline water is all the rage here in Los Angeles, with countless brands sold at the market and more and more specialty stores popping up on every corner. I have to admit, I thought it was a little hippie dippy to buy into it all, but I tried it and am hooked. 

Alkaline water contains a higher pH level than tap water and claims to have many benefits. The benefits include, neutralizing acid in the bloodstream, boosting metabolism, detoxification, immune boosting, and helps your body absorb nutrients more effectively. None of these have been scientifically proven, but are believed to be true. When I drink alkaline water regularly I feel more hydrated, alert, and my waistline seems to shrink, even if just slightly. I buy mine at Divine H2O in West Hollywood. 

Divine H2O offers natural alkaline water that has a stable pH level 9-10 and is ionic/calcium infused for maximum hydration. This special water helps to bring an acidic body back to a more harmonized, balanced body. 

http://www.adivineh2o.com

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Fashion, Uncategorized

BCBG Max Azria Celebrates 25 Years

I was lucky enough to experience the perfectly curated retrospective exhibit of BCBG Max Azria’s past collections. It features red carpet looks donned by Hollywood’s elite and a look back at the collections to view the evolution of the brands from year to year. 

Upon entering the exhibit, I was greeted with lovely dresses and a timeline depicting the progression of the brand. Then there was a table with mannequins that showed the design progress of one look beginning with the inspiration of a men’s shirt to the transformation into a dress. There was a wall full of iPads showcasing the runway shows, with special recognition of the photographers such as Mario Testino and Patrick Demarchelier in conjunction with the models they photographed. The next area displayed favorite dresses over the years and guided me into the red carpet portion, which highlighted the dresses worn by celebrities for award shows. One notable dress was the green flowy dress worn by Angelina Jolie. 

It was on to the Herve Leger display which featured the signature bandage dresses. Some were embellished with fringe and jewels, while others were encased by leather harness belts.  The BCBGeneration room was fun, bright, and youthful and even had a special selfie nook.  The exhibit ended in a room with silver cutout flowers lining the ceiling and the walls plastered with photos from guests of events that have used the hashtag #bcbgmoments in their social media posts. The wall also enclosed several televisions that play the runway shows on a loop and a quote etched on the wall stating, “What is important in a DRESS is the WOMAN who is wearing it.” The exit of the exhibit lead to the glass doors of the Runway Archive Pop-Up shop where visitors can get deeply discounted items from past collections. 

Their design philosophy is “We design for a dynamic woman with a discriminating sense of style. It begins with a vision inspired by the evolving landscape of art and culture. That vision translates into colors, prints, silhouettes and finishes. With steadfast attention to fabrication, construction and fit, each collection comes together as a complete narative that inspires the wearer.”  The designs are meant to inspire “Living the Bon Chic Life.”

I have included pictures below that walk you through the exhibit and also feature my favorite parts of the retrosective. I have always loved these brands and it was such a treat to have a personal tour and see these dresses up close and out of the fashion vault. Many thanks to the BCBG team! You are all dolls. 

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All Things Foodie

Southern Banana Pudding

I love the South! All the gentlemen, lovely ladies and the Southern accents draw me in. The food cooked from scratch with premium ingredients and full fat butter are mouth watering. I especially love the dessert, Southern Banana Pudding. 

Since I don’t live in the south, I need to get my fix somewhere and I often pop by Magnolia Bakery to satisfy my craving. They have perfected Banana Pudding and offer free samples for everyone who walks through the door. The bakery is an outpost of their flagship store in New York and I couldn’t be more pleased that there is a location in Los Angeles. The pudding has layers of vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, and vanilla pudding. I suspect there is some whipped cream folded into it to keep it light in texture. 

This pudding is divine and is packaged in three sizes, mini, small, and large. The bakery also offers catering sizes for parties. I promise this sweet fluff will tanalize your tastebuds and have you craving it time and time again. So get on over to your closest location and snap up a carton or two, you will go bananas over it. 

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is $3.50 for the mini, $5 for the small, and $6.50 for the large. Single bowl is $35 (serves 10) the double bowl is $60 (serves 20) 

visit http://www.magnoliabakery.com for a location nearest you. 

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Beauty

Best H & M Looks At The 2014 Emmys – How To Interview From Sarah Hyland’s Pro Allan Avendano

Working in the beauty industry, I look forward to seeing how the best beauty pros in the business help Tinseltown’s elite transform into the most glamorous versions of themselves for an award show. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Allan Avendano, who created Sarah Hyland’s Emmy look. 

My favorite hair and makeup looks of the night are as follow:

Sarah Hyland-  Makeup Artist Allan Avendano, special “How To” below

Kristen Wiig- Textured bob

Claire Danes- Hairstylist Peter Butler

Michelle Dockery- Hairstylist Mara Roszak using an Ana Khouri barrette

“How To” for Sarah Hyland’s look with her amazing Makeup Artist, Allan Avendano

We kept her entire look soft and pretty and definitely took inspiration from portraits of Audrey Hepburn and other old Hollywood film stars.    

FACE:

– I prepped Sarah’s skin with Orlane Paris Super Moisturizing Light Cream and Absolute Skin Recovery Care Eye Contour.  The perfect base for any makeup!

– I applied DiorSkin Star Foundation and concealer for a lightweight, flawless and luminous finish!

– To accentuate her cheekbones and to add dimension to her face, I used DiorNude Tan Powder in Moka and shaded the sides of her face in the shape of a “3” from her temples to under her cheekbones and into her jawline.

– To make her cheeks pop, I gave her a good dose of MAC Powder Blush in Style on the apples of her cheeks and into her temple.

– For highlights, I took Dior Glow Maximizer, warmed it up with my fingers and strategically placed in on her orbital bone (right at the peak of her cheekbones, on the bridge of her nose and on her cupid’s bow.  Then i lightly dusted MAC Mineralize Powder in Soft and Gentle to make it pop.

– To tone down shine in the t-zone, I used DiorSkin Loose Powder.

EYES:

– I started with applying MAC Pro-Longwear Paint Pot in Layin’ Low as a base for Sarah’s eyeshadows.  It helps with keeping shadows on, makes them more opaque and prevents it from creasing.  

– Then I applied MAC Naked Pigment in the center of the eyes and into the inner corners.

– For the outer corners, I dipped my crease brush into 3 MAC Eyeshadow shades to create a custom crease color: Swiss Chocolate, Smut and Bronze.  I created a V shape on the outer corners and diffused it in the crease.  Then I applied the Bronze eyeshadow from the corner towards the center and blended it into the Naked pigment.

– Her brows were filled in impeccably with DiorShow Brow Styler in Universal Brown.

– Right under her brow bone I used MAC Mineralized Powder in Soft and Gentle to create a very subtle sheen.

– For her upper lashes, we applied a coat of DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and then followed it up with 4 coats of Dior Addict IT-Lash in IT-Black to create bold full lashes (because we chose not to use any eyeliner).

– For her bottom lashes, we used DiorShow New Look mascara in Black.  The thin brush really comes in handy for the bottom lashes.

LIPS:

– Her lips were painted in with Dior Contour Lip Liner in Jungle Brown and topped off with Rouge Dior Lipstick in Trench!

BODY:

– Her beautiful skin tone was accentuated with Votre Vu’s Silk Stockings Lotion.  It moisturized and made her glow!

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Fashion

2014 Emmy Awards- Red Carpet Arrivals

I love watching the red carpet arrivals for the award shows. The glitz and glam that goes into producing that final look before stepping out of the limo is something I am all too familar with working as a beauty agent. All the preparation is worth it for the moment the celebrity steps out of the limo and onto the red carpet to ooohhs and ahhhhs at their arrival. Fingers crossed, they make the best dressed and look of the week lists, and even better go home a winner of an award! I live for these moments and hope to attend one year.

I have put together a list of my favorite looks this year and am excited for the winners to be revealed. 

The best dressed celebrities in my book were as follow:

Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano

Louise Roe in Monique Lhuillier

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Minnie Driver

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Monique Lhuillier

Matt Bomer in Tom Ford

Camilla Alves in Zuhair Murad  and Matthew McConaughey in a blue tux

Sofia Vergara

Gwen Stefani in Versace

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Beauty

Self Tanner

If you aren’t a sun worshiper or are worried about skin cancer and prematurely aging your skin, self tanner is the answer to your bronze goddess desires. 

I used to lay out in the sun every summer until my skin transformed into a beautiful bronze shade. My tan lines were like little reminders of sun worshiping success. I wore sunscreen, most of the time, and even lathered on the baby oil. 

I have since changed my ways and spray tan or use self tanners. I have three that I like the most.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is the best for getting that flawless, shimmery leg look. When I worked in Vegas we actually required the pool girls to wear it as part of their uniform because the formulation was so skin perfecting.  It comes in an Aerosol bottle that evenly sprays onto skin. Just rub it in after you spray it into your skin to achieve an even application. It is water resistant and easily washes off with soap and wash cloth. 

I also love St Tropez bronzing mousse. It comes in a pump and is easy to apply. I put on latex gloves and pump the product into my hands. I rub into my skin until evenly spread over my body. You will want to rub this in quickly and evenly to avoid streaking. This product develops over night into the perfect, non orange glow. The tan lasts for several days and can be easily scrubbed off when necessary. 

The budget brand I like best is Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Moisturizer. This lotions gradually builds over several days and after about four days, you will have a natural tan glow. This product is great because it is super easy to use and contains no bronzer so your hands won’t be stained. 

All of these products will help you achieve that perfect summer tan without all the risks. Have a safe sunless rest of the summer or get a head start on the fall and winter season by trying out my favorites. 

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs retails for $12.99 and can be purchased at http://www.ulta.com

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse 8 oz retails for $42 and can be purchased at http://www.sephora.com

Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Moisturizer retails for $9.99 and can be purchased at http://www.ulta.com

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All Things Foodie

Milk Jar Cookies- Cookie Heaven

My friend Light knows I love cookies. I love to bake them and eat them. He has even been lucky enough to be on my holiday cookie delivery list. Yes, I have a list and I actually drive them to each of my friend’s homes to personally deliver the little morsels of joy to them. 

Light had gone to a new cookie shop called Milk Jar Cookies. He ranted and raved about it and told me I must try it. I admit, I am a pretty tough critic when it comes to cookies, so I didn’t rush to get there. Well, a client of mine, Lindsey who works for E!, asked if we could have our meeting at Milk Jar Cookies. It is located near their offices on Wilshire and I decided it was the perfect excuse to try the cookies. 

Milk Jar Cookies is a small shop that is so cute and exactly what I would want a cookie shop to be. It is simple and sweet, with pretty little details that make all the difference. The color palette is pastels and natural wood, with chandeliers made out of old fashioned milk jars. This store is cute as a button and the cookies are amazing. I usually never like the cookies I try better than my own, so this really impressed me. 

The flavors are creative and the cookies are dense. They sell local roasted coffee and milk from a local dairy and serve the beverages in mason jars with colorful stripped paper straws. Ice cream from a local creamery is used for their ice cream sandwiches and can be ordered on the side. It is the perfect place to catch up with a girlfriend or bring your children for a special treat. They even deliver their cookies for gifts. I was so impressed I sent a dozen to a dear friend the next day. They have gift boxes starting at amounts of half a dozen up to four dozen. There is also a “Cookie of the Month” delivery option. Delivery is available to most destinations in the United States. 

My favorite flavor was the Chocolate Pecan Caramel. I have included a link to their website below where you can find the full list of flavors and ordering info. I recommend you drop by the shop if you find yourself in LA and enjoy these circle shaped sweet treats. 

Milk Jar Cookies 5466 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036  323-634-9800 http://www.milkjarcookies.com

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Beauty

Beauty Is Skin Deep, Feed Your Soul

I believe that beauty comes from within. You must feed your soul and speak your truth. Being authentic to yourself will always keep you on top. 

A great way to feed your soul is to take care of yourself, and for this post is a bit of play on wording because it is about SoulCycle. SoulCycle is a 45 minute spin class that is no ordinary workout class. 

The SoulCycle method engages and empowers riders in a way that leaves them mentally and physically stronger than when they arrived. The classes are instructed by candlelight, with encouraging phrases etched on the walls, and pumped u tunes blaring from the speakers. Everyone rides at the same pace and pedals to the beat of the music. 

Weight lifing, arm exercises and stretching are incorporated to the curriculum and every class ends with a mantra to nurture your soul. Spin shoes are needed and can be rented for $3 or you can bring your own. Showers are on premises and lockers are provided and outfitted with their own locks. Forget part of your workout outfit? No sweat. They have a shop where you can purchase what you need and even what you don’t. 

Class schedules are posted online every Monday at noon and can be booked for that Tuesday through the following Monday. Classes fill up quick, so be sure to hop online in time to snag a bike for the time you prefer with the instructor you like best. Cost of classes vary by region, but since I live in Southern California I will give you those prices and include the link below to research the fees for your area. The first class is $20, then $30 every class thereafter. You can purchase a series of classes and the more you buy, the more you save. 

Releasing endorphins through exercise will help you destress and unclutter the mind. Take care of your body, mind and spirt and you will glow from within. 

See all information on SouCycle at http://www.soul-cylce.com

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Fashion

Ravishing Rose Gold

Anyone that knows me gets my obsession with rose gold. Pink is my favorite color, so naturally I am drawn to rose gold. Rose gold is a mixture of pure yellow gold and copper, resulting in a rosy hue. In some cases, a touch of silver is added and the higher the copper content, the more red the gold will look. I like a lighter rose gold in more of a pretty pink color. 

Rose gold and a summer tan is my perfect combination. There are so many brands out there, but I have included my favorites for you below. Some are super affordable and others are on my wish list. 

I am a romantic at heart and rose gold reminds me of hand holding, flowers, and courtships. There is just something about the luxury of gold and the soft touch of pink that induces heart fluttering feelings. Get yourself some rose gold and keep the romance alive. 

Ippolita jewelry can be purchased at http://www.ippolita.com

Anita Ko jewelry can be purchased at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills (310) 550-5900 http://www.neimanmarcus.com

Michael Kors watch retails for $250 and can be purchased at http://www.michaelkors.com

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